Review of Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on January 5,2019

The 2019 Kentucky Derby Trail officially kicks off this weekend with the Sham Stakes, Grade III, at Santa Anita. Sham Stakes is the ninth race on the card.  The Kentucky Derby points awarded are 10 points to the winner, 4 for second, 2 for third, and 1 for fourth.

Race 9. Sham Stakes, Grade III. For three-year-old at one mile on dirt. Purse $100,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Sueno Kent  Desormeaux Keith Desormeaux 20/1
2 Gray Magician Flavien Prat Peter Miller 4/1
3 Savagery Joel Rosario Peter Miller 10/1
4 Easy Shot Rafael Bejarano  Keith Desormeaux 30/1
5 Coliseum Joseph Talamo Bob Baffert 1/1
6 Gunmetal Gray Mike Smith Jerry Hollendorfer 5/2
7 Much Better Drayden Van Dyke Bob Baffert 6/1


Coliseum Worked 6 Furlongs at Santa Anita Park on December 30th, 2018

Coliseum Worked 6 Furlongs in 1:12.40 at Santa Anita Park on December 30th, 2018, for trainer Bob Baffert. Coliseum is expected to make his next start in the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.

Posted by XBTV on Sunday, December 30, 2018

Coliseum has lived up to the billing of being a future star from day one, including proving his worth on debut in a crushing maiden special weight victory at Del Mar.

His main competition has an experience edge over him, though. Gunmetal Gray will look to bounce back in a big way after finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He ran second to Game Winner the last time that he raced at Santa Anita in the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes.

Coliseum broke his maiden in his debut winning by nearly 7 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion. He showed greenness in his debut effort, which is the only question mark for him coming into this event. He appears to have the talent to win this race.

Gunmetal Gray has already competed in two stakes races. His first attempt came in the Grade 1 American Pharaoh Stakes, where he ran second to the eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Game Winner. He ran fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, where he seemed to slow down in the stretch. He should be ready to find a spot on the board.

Gray Magician won a maiden special weight by over 9 lengths at Del Mar. He needs to improve from his victory to out run the top two in the field. He should be ready to find a spot on the board.

Savagery likes to finish on the board. He has been able to do so in two of his last three races, all of which came against stakes company. Last time out, he was fourth in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity, where he was beaten 11 lengths by the talented Improbable. This field is very similar in talent. His best chance is to, yet again, be on the board.

Much Better finished 14th in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He returns back to the dirt inn the Sham. He broke his maiden on the dirt at Del Mar.

Sueno is only a maiden claiming winner when running on the dirt. He did win a stakes at Golden Gate Fields last time out on synthetic; however, there are much better horses in this race. He should not be a factor.

Easy Shot won a maiden claiming race at Del Mar. The move to the Kentucky Derby Trail is a huge jump up in class. He will be running around two turns for the first time. He should not be a factor.

Our Top Three Picks

  • Coliseum
  • Gunmetal Gray
  • Gray Magician

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